ERIC Number: ED374114
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Perspectives as a Framework for Strengthening Teacher Education. Draft.
This presentation reports on the third phase of research associated with the Teacher as Decision Maker Program (TADMP), a graduate-level program for middle/secondary school certification at Indiana University. Seven teacher perspectives have emerged from the study of 86 individuals from the fields of science, English, foreign language, math, and social studies: (1) Scholar Psychologist; (2) Friendly Scholar; (3) Inculcator; (4) Facilitator of Thinking; (5) Friendly Pedagogue; (6) Empowerer, and (7) Nurturer. The latest research explores the utility of these teacher perspectives as a tool for strengthening self-reflection on teaching among TADMP students. The paper describes and analyzes the impact of four interventions based on the perspectives: (1) initial reflections; (2) choosing a center and gaining confidence; (3) reflecting back on perspectives and teaching; and (4) confirming and infirming perspectives with peers. Results indicate that the seven perspectives are a means to initiate self-reflection and to develop the art of paying attention as a way of nurturing reflective practice. A bibliography, three versions of a questionnaire titled "Teacher Perspectives as a Guide for Self Reflection on Teaching," and techniques used to study students' teaching perspectives are included. Contains 25 references. (Author)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Elementary School Teachers, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Intermediate Grades, Middle Schools, Perspective Taking, Program Improvement, Role Perception, Secondary Education, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.; Proffitt Endowment, Bloomington, IN.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Indiana University Bloomington; Preservice Teachers; Reflective Practice; Teacher as Decision Maker Program
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, February 4-8, 1994).